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A visitor asked me to make a treasure box for her.

Easy, yes?

No.

I made the box quite easily, but then realised that a REAL treasure chest has brass bands around it. I'm going to make my own bands with hinges built in so i have to wait a month for the brass banding as none is available here.
So as this is a bandsaw box, i had this large centre piece of scrap.
i made another treasure chest. Damn, this also is big enough to warrant brass banding.
I still had a smaller centre piece, so again with the bandsaw and now i have daddy box, mummy box and baby box.


Before I flocked the insides they all fitted like russian dolls.

The baby box is too small to have brass banding so thats the only one complete at this stage

Made of Bubinga, ply, walnut, and a large lump of teak in the middle.
baby box was too narrow to support more bubinga so i just added walnut end pieces to her.
 

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Wonderful, Bob!
 

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Craftsmanship is amazing! Good Show!
 

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I can buy Baltic birch ply quite easily here. Its used a lot. An 8 x 4ft sheet of 1/2" costs me around $40.

But its ALMOST without voids (lol)

i showed the box to a friend today who is a self confessed OCD freak, and she immediately complained about the void in the ply. i had to ask her where.
If you look at the small box front view with the lid closed, you can just see a void in the left side ply towards the top of the lid.

you just cant please some people.
 

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A visitor asked me to make a treasure box for her.

Easy, yes?

No.

I made the box quite easily, but then realised that a REAL treasure chest has brass bands around it. I'm going to make my own bands with hinges built in so i have to wait a month for the brass banding as none is available here.
So as this is a bandsaw box, i had this large centre piece of scrap.
i made another treasure chest. Damn, this also is big enough to warrant brass banding.
I still had a smaller centre piece, so again with the bandsaw and now i have daddy box, mummy box and baby box.


Before I flocked the insides they all fitted like russian dolls.

The baby box is too small to have brass banding so thats the only one complete at this stage

Made of Bubinga, ply, walnut, and a large lump of teak in the middle.
baby box was too narrow to support more bubinga so i just added walnut end pieces to her.
Bob you have done it again. Done what you ask. Created a master piece!!!!

Very well done.
 

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As usual, very nice Bob. I love the way you often use ply to add layers.

Looking in the big box stores around here, I couldn't find latches like you've used. I'd like plain metal ones for tool storage boxes.
 

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I love the way the plies in the plywood pop too. Nice work.
 

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Looking in the big box stores around here, I couldn't find latches like you've used. I'd like plain metal ones for tool storage boxes.
Looking at them again, they look like lunch box latches, turned upside down. Not sure, but seem to recall Lee Valley has those.
 
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Beautiful boxes Bob.

I make a lot of boxes, but never quite this fancy, and I use a lot of Baltic Birch for making them. That woman needs to realize that wood from trees isn't plastic and we celebrate the unique "one of a kind" variations in the wood grain and do not consider them to be "flaws". I don't see anything wrong in the pictures. They look great to me.

Charley
 

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Sorry for the delay in replying but I'm now back in the UK for December and am borrowing a laptop but have limited access.
The latches are a batch of very cheap Chinese stuff I bought when I started making boxes. This is last of them so I shall be looking for new ones while I'm here.

There are no hobby shops in Cyprus so I shall be filling a suitcase to take back home with me.

I now have the brass banding for the bigger boxes and am looking forwards to getting back home and making hinges and latches

The weather is terrible here, rain, wind, and snow. Completely normal for England.
 

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I love the look of Baltic Virch ply's edge when finished. Adds a very pleasing, ribbon-like detail.
 

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Beautiful work as always Bob . Love the B.B. layers, as it really adds to the look . The brass parts as well really make it for me though.
So the curved top is done on a bandsaw ? I thought the curved layers would have been done using a jig and router for the most consistent results, as bandsawing would require a lot of sanding?
 
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